20% Select White Ash Nunchaku all through the month of October.
North American White Ash is the hardwood used to make most wooden baseball bats. It’s durable, strong and has a clean crisp look with grains highlighted by our finishing oils. These nunchaku are perfect for day to day use and all martial arts classes. Often overlooked, this hardwood is great to work with and we are offering it in a number of shapes and sizes to meet the needs of all martial artists. Our White Ash Nunchaku Autumn Sale runs to the end of October on select models.
White Ash Hardwood Specs:
Common Name(s): White Ash, American White Ash Scientific Name: Fraxinus americana Distribution: Eastern North America Tree Size: 65-100 ft (20-30 m) tall, 2-5 ft (.6-1.5 m) trunk diameter Average Dried Weight: 42 lbs/ft3 (675 kg/m3) Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .55, .67 Janka Hardness: 1,320 lbf (5,870 N) Modulus of Rupture: 15,000 lbf/in2 (103.5 MPa) Elastic Modulus: 1,740,000 lbf/in2 (12.00 GPa) Crushing Strength: 7,410 lbf/in2 (51.1 MPa) Shrinkage: Radial: 4.9%, Tangential: 7.8%, Volumetric: 13.3%, T/R Ratio: 1.6
The black palm hardwood was introduced to the shop this year via a request from one of our @Twitter supporters and customers. Making a Black Palm Nunchaku was an experiment that turned out wonderfully. All hardwoods have certain properties that effect how well they feel and how well they can be used. A good martial arts weapon needs to be strong yet flexible. Hardness is also good but not at the expense of being to ridged which tends to lead to shattering. While the Black palm has great weight, it also has the large pour-us grains and fibers that give it flexibility. The following are the specs for the tree itself. Basically it’s a palm tree from Asia and Africa. (Borassus flabellifer) Common Name(s): Black Palm, Palmyra Palm Scientific Name: Borassus flabellifer Distribution: Tropical Asia and Africa Tree Size: 65-100 ft (20-30 m) tall.
We love the feel and look of these heavy weight nunchaku. You can feel the power contained within when you hold a finished set. That much dense weight is hard to ignore. The hardwood does take some getting used to as far as the cutting and milling. Most hardwoods are difficult in one way or another. For us this one is
As we experiment with this great hardwood the Black Palm Nunchaku will gain some new sizes and options as we progress into the Autumn for 2018. If you are experienced with the nunchaku and want to experiment with some new hardwoods, this Black Palm is a great find. Beware, the Black Palm Nunchaku are very heavy and thus, unforgiving. Take care with fancy tricks and katas until you get used to the weight.
Currently the black palm is offered in rope and chain nunchaku types with some variations of 12 inch and 13.5 inch lengths. The rope colors are customer choice but many have opted to go with the leopard or cheetah colors as they tend to match the natural colors of the hardwood’s grains. The black palm nunchaku, “nunchucks” will be on sale till the end of the month for those interested in trying out a wonderful and unique new nunchaku hardwood. These nunchkau are guaranteed to stand out in the crowd and make a bold statement.
The nunchaku (Japanese: ヌンチャク Hepburn: nunchaku, often “nunchuks“, “chainsticks“, “chuka sticks“ or “karate sticks“ in English) is a traditional Okinawan martial arts weapon consisting of two sticks connected at one end by a short chain or rope. The two sections of the weapon are commonly made out of wood, while the link is a cord or a metal chain. The nunchaku is most widely used in martial arts such as Okinawan kobudō and karate, and is used as a training weapon, since it allows the development of quicker hand movements and improves posture. Modern-day nunchaku can be made from metal, wood, plastic or fibreglass. Toy and replica versions made of polystyrene foam or plastic are also available. Possession of this weapon is illegal in some countries, except for use in professional martial art schools.
The exact origin of nunchaku is unclear. Allegedly adapted by Okinawan farmers from a non-weapon item, it was not a historically popular weapon because it was ineffective against the most widely used weapons of that time, and few historical techniques for its use still survive.
In modern times, nunchaku (Tabak-Toyok) were popularized by actor and martial artist Bruce Lee and his martial arts student Dan Inosanto, who introduced this weapon to the actor. Another popular association in modern times is the fictional character Michelangelo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. Organizations including the North American Nunchaku Association, World Amateur Nunchaku Organization, Fédération Internationale de Nunchaku de Combat et Artistique, World Nunchaku Association, and International Techdo Nunchaku Association teach the use of nunchaku as a contact sport.
The origin of the word nunchaku (ヌンチャク) is not known. One theory indicates it was derived from pronunciation of the Chinese characters 双截棍 (a type of traditional Chinese two section staff) in a Southern Fujian dialect of Chinese language (兩節棍 nng-chat-kun, pair(of)-linked-sticks). Another derives from the definition of “nun” as “twin”.
Another name for this weapon is “nûchiku”(ヌウチク).
In the English language, nunchaku are often referred to as “nunchuks”.
The origin of the nunchaku is unclear, although one popular belief is that nunchaku was originally a short South-East Asian flail used to thresh rice or soybeans. This gave rise to the theory that it was originally developed from an Okinawan horse bit (muge), or that it was adapted from a wooden clapper called hyoshiki carried by the village night watch, made of two blocks of wood joined by a cord. The night watch would hit the blocks of wood together to attract people’s attention, then warn them about fires and other dangers.
Some propose that the association of nunchaku and other Okinawan weapons with rebellious peasants is most likely a romantic exaggeration. Martial arts in Okinawa were practiced exclusively by aristocracy (kazoku) and “serving nobles” (shizoku), but were prohibited among commoners (heimin). According to Chinese folklore, nunchaku are a variation of the two section staff.
Ana: the hole on the kontoh of each handle for the himo to pass through—only nunchaku that are connected by himo have an ana.
Himo: the rope which connects the two handles of some nunchaku.
Kusari: the chain which connects the two handles of some nunchaku.
Kontoh: the top of each handle.
Jukon-bu: the upper area of the handle.
Chukon-bu: the center part of the handle.
Kikon-bu: the lower part of the handle.
Kontei: the bottom of the handle.
Formal Styles of Nunchaku Use
The nunchaku is most commonly used in Okinawan kobudō and karate, but it is also used in eskrima (more accurately, the Tabak-Toyok, a similar though distinct Philippine weapon, is used, as opposed to the Okinawan nunchaku), and in Korean hapkido. Its application is different in each style. The traditional Okinawan forms use the sticks primarily to grip and lock. Filipino martial artists use it much the same way they would wield a stick—striking is given precedence. Korean systems combine offensive and defensive moves, so both locks and strikes are taught. Nunchaku is often the first weapon wielded by a student, to teach self-restraint and posture, as the weapon is liable to hit the wielder more than the opponent if not used properly.
The Nunchaku is usually wielded in one hand, but it can also be paired. It can be whirled around, using its hardened handles for blunt force, as well as wrapping its chain around an attacking weapon to immobilize or disarm an opponent. Nunchaku training has been noted[by whom?] to increase hand speed, improve posture, and condition the hands of the practitioner. Therefore, it makes a useful training weapon.
There are some disciplines that combine nunchaku with unarmed techniques:
Mouhébong Taekwondo combines Korean nunchaku with taekwondo.
Nunch-Boxing combines nunchaku with kicking and punching techniques. Nunch-Boxing itself is part of the broader discipline Nenbushi.
Nunchaku en savate combines savate techniques with the nunchaku.
Freestyle nunchaku is a modern style of performance art using nunchaku as a visual tool, rather than as a weapon. With the growing prevalence of the Internet, the availability of nunchaku has greatly increased. In combination with the popularity of other video sharing sites, many people have become interested in learning how to use the weapons for freestyle displays. Freestyle is one discipline of competition held by the World Nunchaku Association. Some modern martial arts teach the use of nunchaku, as it may help students improve their reflexes, hand control, and other skills.
Nunchaku Sporting Associations
Since the 1980s, there have been various international sporting associations that organize the use of nunchaku as a contact sport. Current associations usually hold “semi-contact” fights, where severe strikes are prohibited, as opposed to “contact” fights. “Full-Nunch” matches, on the other hand, are limitation-free on the severity of strikes and knockout is permissible.
North American Nunchaku Association (NANA): Founded in 2003 in California by Sensei Chris Pellitteri, NANA teaches all aspects of the nunchaku, traditional and free-style, single and double.
World Amateur Nunchaku Organization (WANO): Founded by Pascal Verhille in France in 1988.
Fédération Internationale de Nunchaku de Combat et Artistique (FINCA): Founded by Raphaël Schmitz in France in 1992 as a merger of disbanded associations WANO and FFNS (Fédération Française de Nunchaku Sportif). Its current name is Fédération Internationale de Nunchaku, Combat complet et Arts martiaux modernes et affinitaires (FINCA). A fight with FINCA rules lasts two rounds of two minutes. There is no need for changing either the nunchaku branch or the hand before hitting, just a correct recuperation. There are no stops during the fight, except for loss, lifting, or penalties.
World Safety Nunchaku Organization (WSNO) : Safety Nunchaku Grandmaster Soshihan S. Kothandan, India’s Senior most Shito-ryu Karate exponent who got trained under many world level renowned Grand masters in Martial Arts, has gained rich technical expertise in that domain by his passion towards the Art, and he has achieved many milestones in Karate field particularly in Shito-ryu Karate from the past 46 years. He started researching in Safety Nunchaku from 1991 onward. He founded and presented Safety Nunchaku for the first time in front of the general public and Honorable Ministers of Tamil Nadu, India on 28.08.2005. On this day, Safety Nunchaku, Kata, Team Kata, Kumite, Team Kumite, Own style, Stand Target, Moving Target and other new techniques were demonstrated. This research is being continued by means of meeting experts from different parts of the world and sharing their view on Safety Nunchaku as a game and as a Martial art. Finally, 02-08-2015 he had introduced Safety Nunchaku in front of VIP’s, and General Public & released website (www.worldsafetynunchaku.org), demonstrated KATA’s and gave Black Belt to 1st Batch who got training more than two years during his research period. With his vast knowledge, experience and hard work he has introduced and dedicated first time in the Martial Art field “World Standard 16 unique Katas” in the field of Safety Nunchaku. If a person know the proper names of the techniques, correct method of practicing such techniques and most important is where to apply such techniques and what circumstance to apply those techniques then he will do very well in real life under critical situations where his safety is prime concern. By keeping those very important facts in mind, he has framed Katas in Safety Nunchaku in a simple and elegant way where a common people can get into interest to practice and understand the nuances of each techniques.He has also followed some unique methodology to name “World Standard 16 Unique KATAs” in Safety Nunchaku. In general Japanese, when they design a Kata, they gave their names or their master names. But, In Safety Nunchaku, Grandmaster Soshihan S.Kothandan had given names Single chaku “World Standard 16 Unique Katas ” to the patriots-freedom fighters, who made the country to proud globally, People who made proud India in Martial Arts and aid citizens to spread the Art throughout the country and People who supported, encouraged Soshihan in the Karate domain and considered his growth and success as a growth of Martial Art. Safety Nunchaku Grandmaster Soshihan S. Kothandan to insist that fact to future generation to remember those legends in the Name of KATA in near future. Also he categorized the above Unique katas as Origin Katas (4), Fundamental Katas (4) & Superior Katas (8). He also manufactured with foam and foam rubber Safety Nunchaku cheaper, different colors and different sizes to use all ages of public.
World Nunchaku Association (WNA): Founded by Milco Lambrecht in the Netherlands in 1996. WNA uses yellow and black plastic weight-balanced training nunchaku and protective headgear. They have their own belt color system, in which participants earn color stripes on the belt, instead of fully colored belts. One side of the belt is yellow and the other black, so that in a competition, opponents may be distinguished by the visible side of the belt. WNA fight rules correspond to the kumite subsection of Nunchaku do discipline. It is a two-minutes “touch fight,” in which technical abilities are very important. After each scored point, the fight stops and the fighters take back their starting position.
International Techdo Nunchaku Association (ITNA): Founded by Daniel Althaus in Switzerland in 2006. ITNA rules fights last two rounds lasting 2:30. There are no stops during the round, except for loss, lifting, or penalties. Between two strikes, the fighter has to change hand and nunchaku branch before hitting again, except if he blocks.
We have been making nunchaku by hand for 20 years. In that time the number one request has always been handmade u Swivel chain linked nunchaku. To do it right, we had to go back in time and skip the cheap imported barely metal versions of this classic martial arts weapon. We are proud to present our Tapered Octagon U Swivel Chain linked Nunchaku. Just like our woods, the metal and all the parts are 100% American made. It’s tried and true design that gives smooth flow to the nunchaku. We think they are the best chain nunchaku made today and we invite you check them out. We have a number of different models in play at the moment. The cocobolo’s are all one of a kind and will be re listed as they made. We are giving the option to change the amount of chain links used and have a number of different hardwoods and lengths available.
Diameter: Tapered 1 1/8″ to 1″
U- Swivel & Chain: High carbon steel 375 lb test 100% American made ( 5 links plus swivel spanning 4.5″ from base to base)
While most martial arts stores and warehouse have lots of stuff, unlike USA Nunchaku Co, they only have 12″ nunchaku which raises the question, “Since I have options, which nunchaku is right for me?”
The 12″ nunchaku is the standard size. The tapered octagon tied with rope it is the most common nunchaku found is martial arts of karate and kung fu styles schools which teach it. Some schools use plastic and foam nunchaku as well which are tied together with plastic chain. While many schools use them for practice, they are the worst example of what a real nunchaku is. The next kind of nunchaku is fastened with chain. These are designed more for sport and swinging tricks than a martial arts form, but both can be used either way.
If you are looking for nunchaku for a smaller frame, shorter lengths can work very well as well as the thinner 1″ models which are better for smaller grips. Sometimes experimenting with nunchaku lengths and rope and chain lengths is the best way to get a nunchaku that works for your size. The most important thing with nunchaku is having it feel comfortable while you practice.
Ropes vs Chain
The chain links swing and feel very different from the rope ties, but the basic rule is that you need more chain than rope for the same swinging feel. Rope is better for your kada and form work as it is best with joint locks and using the nunchaku leverage to inflict holds and breaks. Yes it’s true, there are other uses beyond swinging them into things! The chains are far better to use when trying out tricks and spins that wrap around the body. They do require more length than the rope, and if you put too much length of chain between them you have to shorten up the nunchaku which then moves us into the speed chuck. The speed chuck is basically a shorter nunchaku handle, with more chain. These are harder to control, but tons of fun.
Wood Types and Weight
If you are new to the nunchaku, stay with lighter woods. They are much more forgiving and easier on the mishaps. If you are familiar with them, choose the heavy ones only if you do not drop them all the time. Unlike a piece of plastic or foam, if you crack wooden nunchaku into hard surfaces, you may damage them, or the hard surface or both. It’s basic physics. The more weight and speed, the more impact. The lighter woods are faster and spin with more speed but do not pack the punch and damage of the heavier nunchaku. This is why they are the best for the student to practice with. If you want to see what will happen when you swing your nunchaku into a tree or rock please understand that you would be setting yourself up for a broken nunchaku.
We recommend practice on grass or carpet. Do not purchase with the impression that cocobolo or other hardwoods means “indestructible” If anything, it’s the opposite. Like all other martial arts weapons, great care should be taken when using them. They should only ever be used under the supervision of a martial arts instructor in a class setting.
The Rare Preferred Hardwood of the Martial Arts world. Why is Cocobolo so Expensive?
Cocobolo Dalbergia retusais the long searched for wood in martial arts. It is in the family of the Rosewoods Dalbergia nigra. In part it is so saute after because of it’s weight and density but also because of the beautiful colors and patterns that appear in the wood’s grain. With this wood however it is not the demand that is the problem as much as it is the supply. The first price point that drives it up is being able to find it. The second is how much it costs once you have located something you can use. Unlike red oak or ash, cocobolo is a medium to small sized tree that has fewer straight branches. It is much harder to mill and even harder to get good undamaged straight boards so you can work with them. Hardwoods of this nature eat through expensive cutting bits in weeks, where as the same bit would last a lifetime with normal woods. The last price point that adds more to the final cost is how hard it is to work with. The first problem; the saw dust is poisonous to humans. Don’t get me wrong, all saw dust is bad for people and use of a mask is the general practice, but with cocobolo it is down right hurtful. It is much like getting poison ivy on the inside of your lungs. Not fun. So we use suits and masks and it’s hot and miserable doing so.
In the end it’s always worth it but much more time and work go into things made of cocobolo. It’s a rare wood loved by all the martial arts. The time may also be coming when cocobolo is gone from the planet. I wonder what those cocobolo nunchaku would be worth then? At USA Nunchaku Co. we hunt down cocobolo every week to use in our wood shop so we can bring you great nunchaku pieces. It’s a time honored hardwood in the martial arts world, but don’t forget all the other great woods we have available.
While cocobolo is a great hardwood, there are others that will also serve the same purpose. We encourage our nunchaku users to try out different weight hardwoods and test out some of the many other exotic hardwood options we provide.
The three rope tie method will be the norm for all nunchaku coming out of our store from May 2017 forward. The 660 para cord colors are expanding too, Summer 2017 will see reflective para cord and glow in the dark para cord available on the nunchaku and in re string packs.
New Exotic woods
The new woods available are just fantastic. East India Rosewood is the first. It’s similar to cocobolo, hard dense and dark in color. Redheart is our second new wood, the grain pattern is as good as it gets, it’s a good middleweight nunchaku wood. katalox is our new heavy. Dark in color with interesting pulp patterns it’s dense and heavy.
The main base woods will use, red oak and ash will still be available as well as these new exotic woods. Later this summer we will be releasing some other new exotic woods that should make for some great looking nunchaku.
Memorial Day Weekend: Pre release New Chain linked Nunchaku
They have finally arrived. The chain linked nunchaku in red oak. The pre release started this week running through the holiday weekend to kick off summer. We are excited and proud to finally offer one of the most requested versions of the nunchaku. The first sets will be from red oak and soon this summer we will be releasing the nunchaku in Red heart, rosewood and cocobolo
We are now going to start offering the nunchaku tied using a 3 rope nunchaku tie in the middle method. It will be offered in a number of colors featuring a 480lb para-cord as always 100% American made. While this method takes a bit longer to do and is more complex, we feel that it’s a great look, very strong and doesn’t require us to remove any more of the wood material which in the end makes for a stronger nunchaku. It is also still a reliable end knot which can not unfasten like the other two method.
This string method takes longer because of the complex pattern for the string. We do not have an instructional set up yet for this way of roping the nunchaku. As with all martial arts moves, there are a number of ways to arrive at your desired results. This is also true with the many ways you can choose to tie your nunchaku later on. This year we are also planning to feature a number of instructional posts on the site that will feature different ways people tie their nunchaku.
Two Rope 650lb Tie
We will be continuing our two rope in the middle tie with a few changes. Now we will be using the flat 4 strand 650 para-cord. As with all our rope we only use American made and only buy it from American retailers. Currently this tie will only be available in a few colors but we hope to broaden the selection soon.
Well it has been a crazy year in America. As it comes to a close we want to thank everyone who has made USA Nunchaku grow this year. I have been making these nunchaku for 20 years now. It all started in a friend’s garage next to my 2nd Apartment during the first years of my Kung fu training. In 1997 selling things on the internet was still a bit advanced but I was able to pull it off for a select few. Now welcoming in a nunchaku new year for 2017 to all our customers all over the world is something we are proud to do.
This year America is likely going to change. A number of years ago we set out to be an American company who wanted to make our product here in the United States with people and materials that were made here as well. I can promise you as this idea catches on with other American businesses this year we will continue to do our part and always take the American worker, product or company first. It matters to everyone we serve and to us as we make our American Nunchaku that even in a small way we help make the change back to a time when “made in USA” meant everything.
Great News for chain fans!
After a long research and development process I’m excited and proud to announce that 2017 will be the year USA Nunchaku co. starts making our first run of chain linked nunchaku. They are going to be something special. We have gone to great lengths to make a new product that we hope will become the rebirth of a long forgotten style of nunchaku made with quality in America. All signs point to A February release date, make sure to sign up for our news letter to get the latest information on when they are ready.
On Behalf of USA Nunchaku have a Great and Happy New Year!
As 2016 draws to a close we are rapidly approaching our last three shipping days to have your nunchaku arrive by Christmas. This year we have grown more than expected and because of that, next year is going to be full of wonderful nunchaku surprises. We will be introducing our first USA produced chain linked nunchaku. This is a big deal! In the 15 years I have been making nunchaku for friends and fellow students and now for the world on USA Nunchaku, we have been asked many times to produce chain linked nunchaku. Thankfully we now have the means to do this in a way that is going to be quality in our new product, and satisfy everyone who loves the feel of the chain rather than the traditional rope connection. Look for the first models to be released in February-March of 2017.
More Cocobolo to come. In 2016 we have secured a great source for the beloved cocobolo hard wood. You will see them as a regular throughout the year in all of our short batches. In addition to that we will feature more red oak is a larger range of sizes including tapered, the addition of more Black Locust hardwood and in time all of these available to chain linked nunchaku.
While some of the exotic hardwoods are obviously imported to our American wood distributors, we try to make every single item used to make our product come from companies who make and manufacturer their product in the United States. This goes for all our wood shop materials, the ropes, shipping ect. We take great pride in being a 100% American (United States) made product.
The last sale of the year will be wrapping up this week, again anything shipped by 21st should arrive on time to all locations on the main land Untied States
Stop by USA Nunchaku this Black Friday for our 24 hour Black Friday Nunchaku Sale. For 24 hours all cocobolo in stock are 15% off.
Cut from the hard to find dense cocobolo wood, these nunchaku are not only beautiful, they are some of the heaviest strongest sets we offer. The late 2012 batch are cut in a straight octagon shape. Get them while they are here. All are handmade in the United States.
These training weapons are made of top grade and match real weapons in length, size, weight, and feel. These 7.75″ cocobolo nunchaku constructed to be durable, cut resistant, and remarkably stiff, which allow martial artists to master techniques, footwork, and the basic stances. USA Nunchaku’s Cocobolo Traditional Octagon Nunchaku are made from cocobolo these nunchaku are all are handmade, shaped, oiled, sanded and strung. Like all of our nunchaku each of one of kind. The weapon you see is the exact one you will receive. 100% made in the United States.
It will only be matter of days now. Our new nunchaku stock will be complete. All the new stock is dry and being strung. We were waiting for some new colors of para-cord to arrive for the 2017 holiday batches. It has been hot, the main woodshop doesn’t have AC, so when it’s 96 outside, it’s 115 inside. While the heat has been uncomfortable, we scored some great pieces of bloodwood and cocobolo this time and we can’t wait to get them in the store for all to see. We have smaller lengths and larger lengths of nunchaku in cocobolo, red oak, and bloodwood as well as the standard 12″ styles.
Stringing takes some time but we will be uploading them as fast as possible. Unlike other stores, we have to take photos of each pair because the one you see is the one you get. In the end it is all worth it. Handmade martial arts nunchaku crafted in the USA. Our nunchaku are a perfect gift for a martial artist. Each one unique. Each one an individual like the martial arts practitioner who uses them. That is one of the great things about our nunchaku. You will always know which is yours on your schools weapon rack.
Look for the new stock to hit the store around 8/30/16. We will be sending out a newsletter or registered users on the arrival of our new stock so sign up soon! Also twitter and Facebook, Google plus will get the release. This time due to the ever growing demand, we have already begun the next batch to ensure we can keep up with the holiday shopping season, but quantiles are limited in each batch so check the website often.